Sonia Cataquet – A Fabulous Loom Knitter and Her Patterns

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I met Sonia Cataquet aka SCAT9019 on the Loom Knitting section of the  KnittingParadise.com forum. I go there on a regular basis to engage with knitters, help when I can, and find interesting projects.

Several months ago I was browsing through older threads looking for something of interest when I saw Sonia’s gorgeous bright pink sweater. I was so taken by the complex stitches that made up this incredibly beautiful design. When I went to her profile I found more awesome loom knit garments.

 

Here are just a few of the comments by readers,

Jessica-Jean “I never knew such fancy work could be done on a knitting loom! Beautiful!’

Ronie, ” I had no idea you could do such nice work on a loom.”

Ciyona, “I would love to learn more on how to create such beautiful things with my loom.”

Jackie.Reynolds3, “Pieces are gorgeous. ”

I knew I had to share Sonia’s creations with my readers.

Now, Sonia is extremely modest about her knitting. She doesn’t blog, vlog or or write her patterns on PDF’s . She loom knits for those she loves and she will freely explain how she made her loom knit cloths to anyone who asks. So she’s beautiful,talented, modest, generous and she’s Latina from Puerto Rico.  Too bad she’s married and my son is only 17.

Note: All information, pictures and quotes used with Sonia’s permission

 

Sonia-CataquetHer Looms

When asked about her looms, I thought she was going to name some fancy hand-made expansive wooden tool. I was surprised to discover that like me, Sonia uses the Knifty Knitter and the Darice looms.

Here she explains,

I use Knifty Knitter yellow (41 peg) for upper parts and green(36 pegs)for lower parts

That was a bright side for me because I really wanted to try one of the sweaters using exactly what Sonia used.

 

Sonia-CataquetThe Fab Bright Pink Sweater Pattern

Sonia was asked about the pattern for this sweater by one of the forum members. Below is her answer:

I made this in Red Heart Love Yarn with KK yellow loom in Diamond Stitch

I’s my own design but it so easy to work out.It is 2 pieces T shaped sewn together. Using KK yellow loom work 20 pegs for 30 rounds,then work the full loom (41 pegs) for 45 to 60 rounds(checking your size),then continue knitting only 20 pegs for the other sleeve for 30 more rounds.Make single crochet around the piece and sew together. I use one strand only.Enjoy !!! and thanks for the complements.

Authors Note: Sonia knits flat panels and sews them together.

 

Sonia CataquetAnother member had this question: Ok I am new to this, the stitches used to make the little diamonds? And one more really dumb one when knitting 20 pegs are you going back and forth or around?

Sonia’s answer: This stitch is made in 4 rows to make the diamonds.

Row 2 and 4 are worked making an eight figure between pegs,
Row 1 & 3 E-wrap all pegs
Row 2 Skip first peg,e-wrap peg 2 ,back to peg 1 and e-wrap,with yarn behind pegs skip pegs 2 and 3 and e-wrap peg 4,back to peg 3 and e-wrap,with yarn behind pegs skip 4 and 5 ,e-wrap peg 6,repeat to last peg.Yarn will finish in the penultimate peg.
Row 4 E-wrap first peg,skip peg 2 and e-wrap peg 3,back to peg 2 e-wrap it,with yarn behind pegs skip pegs 3 and 4 ,e-wrap peg 5,back to peg 4 and e-wrap it,skip pegs 5 and 6,e-wrap peg 7,and so on to penultimate peg,e-wrap last peg.
Repeat the 4 rows for the length of the project.

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Great Stitches

Great Stitches

Book- Learn New Stitches-Page

Stitches Page

.Learn New Stitches on Circle Looms

by Ann Bipes – Creator of the DL Stitch

This awesome little book has the Diamond Lace Stitch pattern along with nine (9) other really cool stitches. Its not a big book only 34 pages but just as valuable any larger volume book.

Click Herethen click the picture 

 

Here is a Video Tutorial for the Diamond Lace Stitch

 

 

 Sonia-CataquetThe Green Summer Sweater

Per Sonia:

I made this with Caron Simply Soft,double strand using single crochet for top part and spiral stitch for bottom

I used the Knifty Knitter yellow loom using only 40 pegs.

It is 2 panels,the front in spiral stitch and back in e-wrap.The spiral stitch I found it in a project by Robin McCoy but don’t remember the site.
Consist of 7 rows
Row 1 ,3,5,7 knit
Row 2 Move the loop from the following pegs to next peg, pegs 3,6,9,12,15,18,21,24,27,30,33,36 .
E-wrap all pegs and knit off.
Row 4 Move loops from pegs

1,4,7,10,13,16,19,22,25,28,31,34.E-wrap all pegs and knit off.
Row 6 Move loop from pegs 2,5,8,11,14,17,20,23,26,29,32,35.E-wrap all pegs and knit off.

I pick the stitches of the panel after taking it out of the loom and start making the crocheted upper part.For the straps work only 7 stitches.After making front and back panels with straps joined them.Make single crochet around neck and arm holes.

Sonia-CataquetThe Husband’s Sweater

Per Sonia:

Made this with yellow and green KK looms with Premier Yarn of Deborah Norville.

Just make the sleeves with the KK green loom working in round.Back and front sides with KK yellow loom of 41 pegs working flat and collar with KK green loom working flat.Front part overlaps.

1×1 ribbing 10 rnds for border of front and back parts and sleeves.
Sleeves with green round KK Loom working in round and crochet cast off (one chain between pegs)
Sides and back with yellow round KK working flat.
Collar green KK working flat and then fold and saw to sides of front parts.

 

Sonia-CataquetA New Sweater for Mom

Per Sonia:

I make this one with Caron So Soft and it turns heads when she wore it. Made with KK yellow loom.

Two pieces make in a 41 pegs looms joined by the sides.

The collar and the bottom part is garter stitch,one row knit,one row purl.The faux cables are working figure eight between two pegs.

 

 

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Sonia-Cataquet SweaterA New Sweater for My Sister

Per Sonia:

To make this one you make 3 pieces,back on 41 peg loom using seed stitch and 2 sides for the front working 24 pegs also in seed stitch for the length you want.

For arm hole shaping reduce one peg every 2 rows until you reduce 7 pegs.For sleeves just work in the round for the desire length and crochet bind off.Make cuffs and sew them to the bottom of the sleeve.The hoodie is 2 flat panels work in 36 peg loom sawn together and saw it to back and front.

I make the sleeve in a 36 peg loom and the most important part is making a crochet bind off(with a crochet hook pick the yarn make a chain, then pick the loop from the peg pass it through,make a chain,etc) This make more comfortable the arm hole.
After taking the piece from the loom,saw with plastic needle to the body of sweater.

 

 

 

 

Final Thoughts

I have to think that by now you are as impressed with Sonia Caraquet as all the rest of us who have seen her work are. Everything she makes is beautiful. PLEASE take the time to leave a little message for Sonia.I thank her for allowing me to share her unconventional patterns.

Thank You Sonia ! ! !

 


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Comments: 41

  1. Mayra October 8, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Wow! You are amazing how to install get to share your pictures and tutorials if there is any, I have ever a group of ladies interested in making Their relatives some sweaters for Christmas a day I find you to be the candidate for this project…I am very interested press with the loom knitting sweater for men and the sweater for women, so if you are willing Sonia Catapult please let me know if you can’t I still would like to know an answer and know that I will still show your beautiful stuff made from looms, no problem here…..continue your beautiful talent…

  2. Samantha August 27, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Awesome Denise!! Thank you 🙂

  3. Samantha August 14, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Hi Denise,
    Love the pink sweater….too bad it’s not a in video tutorial. I’m finding it difficult to follow the written instructions as per Sonia. Tutate has a sweater video posted on you tube might try it first. Love all that you do!!!

    • Denise Canela August 25, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Thank you Samantha. Sorry for the delaying in responding. Sorry that you’re having a hard time with the pattern. Wish I had a video link to give you – but at the moment what is on the post is all I have. 🙂

      • Samantha August 26, 2016 at 5:31 am

        Hi Denise!
        No problem! You were just passing it on 🙂 I need more practice following written patterns, I’m going to attempt it ( the pink sweater)after I finish my trial sweater from the tutate you tube video :-). Thanks again, your videos were and are my favorites you made looming fun and doable!! Keep up the videos!!! Hugs
        Samantha

        • Denise Canela August 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm

          Samantha – Tuteate is an AWESOME teacher. Once you have that one down packed then watch the video on the stitch pattern Click HERE

  4. Margaret J June 10, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    I saved information on how to make Sonia’s pink sweater on Pinterest a while back. She is truly talented and generous.

  5. Jana February 8, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I wish these patterns made since and you went row by row. It’s to jumbled to follow what you mean

    • Denise Canela February 9, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Jana, I not Sonia and these are more like instructions then actual patterns. Use the links to communicate with Sonia on Knitting Paradise

  6. Jennifer February 7, 2016 at 1:20 am

    If I follow directions for green summer sweater, what size person will it fit? How would you work it to fit a plus size woman? I love the look of it.

    • Denise Canela February 8, 2016 at 8:57 am

      Jennifer,

      These patterns belong to Sonia Cataquet – use the link on the page to get to her on Knitting paradise and ask your question. Sorry – I have not done this pattern and can not answer the question for you.

  7. TheCraftyConnoisseur October 21, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    None of the links go to her blog. :/. Where can I find a detailed pattern for the pink sweater? Does she even have one, or is that small description it?

    • Denise Canela October 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Yep – this is it. If you read my description you will you’ll see that I forewarned people.

  8. Barb September 28, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Wow, wow and more wow!

  9. azeem August 13, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I want to know about psso…can u help me

    • Denise Canela August 14, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Here is a good video by Vintaged Storehouse.. don’t worry if your loom looks different – the technique is the same:Click HERE

  10. Christine Oliveira July 26, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I just wanted to say that I was referring to you Sonia..Sorry about that.

  11. Christine Oliveira July 26, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I want to thank you for sharing such beautiful items.You are very talented. I would like to try and make them

  12. Shannon R November 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Sonia, you are truly an artist! I look at my looms and all I see are hats. Lots and lots of hats! I’ve been loom knitting for years and I truly had no idea these patterns were possible. I am so excited to get started! Thank you so much for sharing!

  13. Margarita Emmanuel November 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I thank both you and Sonia for reviving my interest in loom knitting. I first used the Provo Craft long loom in 2008 but later became too busy to continue. It is wonderful to see how many new patterns have emerged and are being shared. I have resumed knitting and bought the Provo Craft round looms. I now use part of my lunch hour to knit! I have also started a binder for the patterns…THANK YOU!!!

  14. imaginaryenigma484556.pen.io August 26, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Everything is very open with a really clear description.
    It was definitely informative. Your website is useful. Thank you
    for sharing!

  15. Gloria Mielke May 27, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I saw your beautiful sweates on the circle looms.
    Is it possible to knit these on a straight loom using
    the e wrap?

    • Denise Canela May 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Gloria – I’m not Sonia. You can click the link on the post that takes you to her page on the forum.
      denise

  16. Anonymous March 26, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    so cool i am teaching my daughter how to do this right now

  17. Sammy Reed February 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    If you are knitting a flat pannel won’t it curl if so how do you keep it from curling. Thanks

    • Denise Canela March 2, 2014 at 12:09 am

      If you start with a garter stitch it won’t curl.

  18. Sammy Reed February 28, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    My question is, if you are knitting flat pannels won’t it curl, and if so how do you keep it from curling. Thanks

    • Kate August 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      I assume you block when you’re done as with any knitting. (I’m just now trying to figure out loom knitting- I acquired a set of Knifty Knitters and a long, straight, homemade wood and nails.)

      • Denise Canela August 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm

        Hi Kate, sorry for the delay in responding I’ve been ill for a bit. I am not Sonia – but there is a link to the site where she does most of her posting. From there you are able to send her a message with any questions you might have.
        Be well,
        denise

  19. Barbara February 17, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Beautiful work, Wish I had that kind of talent. Thank you for sharing.

    • Denise Canela February 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Practice makes perfect. 🙂 I checked out your Artfire.com store… The airplants are sooooooooooooooooo cool

  20. pat February 6, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Hi, i would love to know how you make the lovely pink sweater, i tried but went a bit wrong…is there a video please…

    • Denise Canela February 6, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      Unfortunately Pat, Sonia has not produced any videos for her patterns – however through out the article I have put links to videos for the stitches. Just look for the words that have a different color.
      Hope that helps some,
      denise

  21. Holly October 31, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Hi there! I love these projects and would love to make them! I have purchased several books, including simple beginners level books, but I don’t understand how to follow the patterns in the books. I am a visual learner so if I could find a video online that shows how to follow a loom knitting pattern, I think it would help a lot. Do you know of any resources that might help? Thanks! Holly

    • Denise Canela November 12, 2013 at 11:33 pm

      Hi Holly,
      Sorry for the delay in response. I would say to find a pattern that also has a video. This will help you learn stitches, terms and abbreviations that are commonly used in Loom knitting. I just posted a link to a free pattern and video: Click Here
      Do a few patterns with videos. Scarlett has a video for almost every loom pattern. Also go directly to YouTube – Search Loom Knit Stitches. Learn the names of the individual stitches. Start with Knit and Purl the two MOST IMPORTANT stitches. Here is my link: Click Here
      Remember that practice makes perfect… You’ll get it – I Promise 🙂

  22. Marie October 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Awesome work. Your patterns are beautiful. You are very talented.

    • Denise Cenela October 21, 2013 at 8:08 am

      Hi Marie, you are right the work is beautiful. I’m not Sonia, she was kind enough to allow me to share her work with my readers. I thank you on behalf of Sonia for your kind words.
      denise

  23. katy September 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Beautiful! Lovely to see these pieces and so inspiring to try some more possibilities!

    • Denise Cenela September 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

      I agree ! Sonia is very talented and inspiring!

  24. Bev Fox September 23, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Beautiful work! I never knew you could make things that look this good on the KK looms. Thank you for sharing!!!

  25. Ria Nolte September 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    It’ s beautiful. I’ll going to try it out. Did’nt think of doing those nice stiches on a loom.

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